New sources of caffeine, besides coffee and tea, have been introduced into the US food supply.
Caffeine is recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration as safe for adults in amounts < 400 mg/day.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children under age 12 should not consume any food or beverages with caffeine. For adolescents 12 and older, caffeine intake should be limited to no more than 100 mg daily. This is the amount in two or three 12-ounce cans of cola soda.
It is naturally found in coffee beans, cacao beans, kola nuts, guarana berries, and tea leaves including yerba mate. Caffeine is added to beverages and supplements . There is a risk of drinking excessive amounts of caffeinated beverages like soda and energy drinks because they are taken chilled and are easy to digest quickly in large quantities.
Caffeine is often found in processed foods and medications:
Breakfast Cereal:Cocoa Puffs have around 2 milligrams per cup, while other cereals could have much more.
Energy Bars and Gels
Bottled Water:Some manufacturers add caffeine to bottled water, often along with flavors, and sometimes calories.
Pain Relievers That Contain Caffeine
Three Excedrin products—Excedrin® Extra Strength, Excedrin® Migraine and Excedrin® Tension Headache —contain caffeine. These medications provide quick relief due to a combination of pain relievers and caffeine. Excedrin® Extra Strength may even provide relief in 15 minutes for some people.
Over-the-Counter Pain Meds
Aspirin and acetaminophen. Both have caffeine. Though these meds can help ease pain, they also add caffeine to your diet.
Remember to discuss all medications you take for headache or migraine with your doctor, even when taking an over-the-counter product. Products should only be used as directed.